What are the Benefits of Meditation with Scented Candles?
Meditation with fragrant candles can be a significant step in the intention-setting process.
This means you can use candles to help you focus on meditation and enhance visualization, affirmations, and any other attention on your particular intention.
Meditation candles can help invite the energies you want to have in your life, whether it is vibrations of abundance, love, health, wealth, or productivity.
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Do Candles Help with Meditation?
Ever since the “Upright man,” or Homo erectus, began creating fire a million years ago, candles have been used to catch and channel its magical power.
So this being said what happens when you stare at the warm glow of a candle? Do you get instinctually drawn to its flicker of the flame, that you get so hypnotized and transported to a different time and place, the mind just wanders off?
Candles have always been present in cultures around the world. People have used them for thousands of years, some as spiritual candles or focus on intentions, and attract positive energy.
When meditating with candles, make sure always to have a clear goal or intention in mind. Visualize the outcome and how you will feel once you reach your goal. Then focus on your willpower and use visualization to manifest the dream.
Read more on the candle meditation practice: the-guided-meditation-site
Candles and Visualization
Visualization, also called mental rehearsal or mental imagery is a powerful tool to set intentions, attract positive outcomes and make your dreams come true. A successful visualization will stamp the pictures of achieving your goal in your subconscious mind.
Visualization strongly relies on the law of attraction. Namely, your thoughts act as a powerful magnet that can attract abundance. Using candle mental imagery, you can wire your subconscious mind to attract desired outcomes and manifest your intentions.
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During your candle visualization, find a comfortable position and focus your gaze on a candle. Relax your mind and body while focusing on its flame. Mindfully pay attention to how your body feels and observe the thoughts that appear in your conscious mind.
Breathe deeply and slowly, and allow all the tension from your body to float away, carried away by the candle’s smoke. Feel yourself relaxing as you watch the candle making beautiful patterns.
Think of your intentions and speak them out loud at the candle. Concentrate on how you will feel when you reach your goal.
Depending on the goal you want to attract, use colored or fragrant candles that correlate with your asking. For example, if you are going to manifest strength, love, passion, or work success, use red candles or those with an uplifting and energizing scent of citrus oils, peppermint, or cinnamon.
Candle Intention Setting
When setting an intention, use positive language and make it specific and realistic. Then visualize your goal while focusing on a candle.
Again, choose perhaps a meditation candle collection that resonates with your intention. For instance, use green candles or those with eucalyptus, chamomile, or tea tree scents if you want to attract health. You may also use herbs to intensify the power of your candle for meditation.
Candles and Journaling
Candles can be the perfect complement when writing your intentions journal. They help create a sacred space, allow your mind to wander, and unleash your intuition. It would be even better to write a journal with prompts to shift that energy into a whole new mindset.
The tranquil ambience you create in your own sanctuary can also help with your daily affirmations and gratitude practice.
To learn more about journaling prompts go to: https://psychcentral.com/blog/30-journaling-prompts-for-self-reflection-and-self-discovery#1
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The Emotions around Candles:
How To Use Scented Candles To Attract Positive Emotions
Fire is a source of magic in many cultures around the world. The flickering flame of a candle can help focus on our intentions and manifest our deepest desires. A burning candle can help you tune into your emotions, send your vibrations out into the Universe to attract abundance.
The first step in fragrant candle form of meditation is selecting a candle aligned with your intention. Scented ones come in various fragrances, so here are some of the best scented ones for relaxation and meditation, depending on what you want to manifest and attract.
Calming Scents to Help You Relax
If you aim to relax the mind and body and relieve stress, use certain aromas like the scent of lavender, jasmine, chamomile, rosemary, or sea breeze.
When we smell pleasant scents, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, also known as hormones of happiness, promoting feelings of joy, calmness, and relaxation, so imagine giving this as a gift to someone special.
For example, lavender-fragrant candles are an excellent choice if you want to relax, let go of daily stress, and peacefully fall asleep.
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Lavender fragrance has various calming properties, so it doesn’t a surprise that lavender is the most commonly used fragrance in aromatherapy.
Always remember never to leave your candles burning whilst sleeping.
Including lavender fragrant candles into your meditation routine can help calm your racing thoughts, release tension and restlessness, get a better night’s rest.
Likewise, the sweet floral scent of jasmine is famous for its relaxing properties.
Jasmine fragrant candles can help relieve tension, promote relaxation, alleviate anxiety, depression, and stress and improve mood. Due to its calming properties, jasmine fragrance has been widely used as a natural sedative in cultures around the world.
More on the influence of fragrances on the human brain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198031/
Uplifting Scents That Promote Mental Clarity And Productivity
Depending on the mood you want to create, you may want to use candles with more uplifting scents such as cinnamon, peppermint, or citrus.
Cinnamon fragrant candles can help overcome mental fatigue after a long day at the office, reducing stress and exhaustion.
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Suppose your candle meditation’s primary purpose is to clear your mind and focus on a specific task. In that case the scent options of peppermint fragrance can help enhance your alertness and concentration and stimulate your cognitive functions.
Citrus scent can help increase focus (lemon), alleviate stress and anxiety (orange), and overcome mental fatigue and burnout (grapefruit).
So selecting your lovely organic aromatherapy candles is a very individual choice here we show some of our favourite ones that come to mind.
Scented Candles To Boost Mood
To overcome feelings of anxiety and depression you can use the variety of scents to lift your mood use bergamot, ylang-ylang, or geranium-scented candles as the focal point of your meditation routine.
Bergamot is an excellent fragrance for alleviating anxiety and emotional fatigue. When feeling down and want to manifest joy and positivity, add ylang-ylang fragrant candles to your meditation to ease tension and promote feelings of happiness.
Similarly, the geranium fragrance has the power to reduce stress, ease anxiety and depression, and lift spirits.
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Scented Candles and Asthma
If you have asthma, be mindful when lighting your fragrant candles as they release potent fumes that may aggravate your asthma symptoms. To safely enjoy these beautiful candles in your home, always burn them in ventilated rooms and instead choose unscented candles.
On scented candles and asthma, please read more here: asthma.ca
Candles Vs. Incense
Both candles and incense are a great way to unwind, relax and enhance your time for different types of meditation experience. They promote a soothing environment, promote relaxation, ease stress and anxiety, and improve your mood.
Which one you are going to use in your meditation practice depends on your preference, some people like to use both.
Incense sticks and cones are made of plan-based materials and fragrances to provide a quick boost of odour. Most common incense scents include patchouli, and woody scents like sandalwood, frankincense, and cinnamon, and they are a great option if you prefer strong smells or when you want to give your living space a short-term fragrance.
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On the other hand, Scented candles are made from a combination of wax and scent oil that burns slowly and releases a mild odour in the air. However, lighting a scented candle is not just about filling your rooms with a pleasant aroma. Scented candles also about setting a relaxed mood and promoting a soothing and meditative environment.
The flicker of a fragrant candle’s flame can be an excellent addition to your meditation routine. Candles for relaxation and meditation can amplify meditation’s power, promote relaxation, and help set intentions to manifest your deepest desires.
We’d love to know which ones were your favorite in creating your own personal sanctuary.
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